My Rating: 5 out of 10 stars
“The Yearning” by Hannah Howell
I found this story super predictable and in my mind, kept swearing at the characters that they were so slow witted. I mean, I figured out how to end the curse the first time Rona had recited it so many years ago. And yet it took 364 years for these people to figure it out. Granted the actual words were hidden for many generations, but still… the rest of the story, though predictable, was fairly interesting, which is what kept me reading. Overall, I’d give it a 6 out of 10 because of the predictability and the actual story line was secondary to the romance. And I don’t care for stories too strong in romance.
“Bitten” by Lynsay Sands
Keeran and Emily… eh, somewhat better than the first story, but it certainly didn’t endear the author to me in any way. Though I’ve already got some of Sands’ books on my bookshelf to read soon so I hope they’re not as sappy as this story.
“Stranger in the Night” by Sara Blayne
My Goddess, this author knows how to ramble! She could talk for an entire page on something as simple as an amulet, while throwing a bunch of historical information, people’s names and relationships at the reader all in a single paragraph. The antiquated writing style, and the dialogue she used, not just with the speech of her characters, which I could understand based on the story’s time period, but she also used all manner of antiquated words which I’d never heard of. Beyond that, her constant use of terms like “Faith” and “The Devil” smacked of Christian evangelism. It got tiring real fast and after only two chapters I felt I couldn’t take any more and moved onto the next story.
“The Awakening” by Kate Huntington
I thought this was the best of the four stories. It wasn’t all that predictable like the others and it kept me reading, not wanting to put it down. Yes, like the others this took place back in olden times, 1814 to be precise, but the author didn’t try to write as if she were from that generation as well. A very good read indeed. :)